Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Project Run & Play Sew-Along Week 1: Junebug Dress Remix!

I am so excited about Project Run & Play starting up again!  It's so fun to see what these talented ladies come up with every week!  In case you haven't been following, this year they are opening up a sew-along for all of us readers to submit our own entries!  How fun is that?  The first theme is to remix the awesome Junebug Dress pattern by Jess over at Craftiness is Not Optional.  Here is the original dress:

Seriously, how adorable is that?  I actually made a "regular" Junebug when the pattern came out last summer, but it's ginormous on the girls, so you'll probably be seeing it later this summer!  Anyway, after much deep thought, here is my remix!

I made it into a shirt!  I love it!  And yes, the girls are standing on the drawers from their toybox...they love to stand on those things, and it's one sure-fire way to make sure they both face the camera at the same time (for at least 5 seconds, haha).

From the first moment I saw this pattern, I was struck by the vintage sailor dress vibe it gave me.  If you've been reading my blog, you already know I'm obsessed with all things vintage, so I knew I would be making it something that had that vintage feel to it.  How fun to be able to remix this awesome pattern!  Taking a cue from the vintage sailor dress feel, I used this navy and white fabric that has a pattern on it that's almost like herringbone.  

On the front placket, I added ruffles on each side.  I simply folded a strip of fabric in half, gathered one edge, and then sandwiched it in between the two front flap pieces before I stitched them together.  I also omitted the sleeves but instead added little cap sleeves by using the same method as the front ruffle.  I just cut them in a crescent shape instead of a straight line.

The back is pretty much the same as the original, except shorter :)

When I shortened the "skirt" portion, I added a band around the bottom.  I cut a strip about 5" wide and the same width as my "skirt."  Before folding it, I made two buttonholes on either side of the side seam to accommodate my tie.  I then folded it in half, ironed it, and stitched it to the bottom of the shirt, making a casing as well as a cute bottom band.  As a side note, I love sewing and I love having twins, but sometimes sewing for twins is...yikes.  Let's just say after 16 buttonholes, I was over it, LOL.

To make the tie, I folded a looooong strip in half, stitched down one side, turned it right side out and finished the raw ends.  I used a safety pin to feed it through the front buttonhole, all the way around the shirt and out the back buttonhole.  Then I just tied a bow!

So there's my remix!  You should go to the Project Run & Play website and check out the fun!  All the entries for the sew-along are being uploaded to the flickr group and there are some really cute ones!  Good luck to all the contestants this week!


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